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These seven programs are examples of mentoring.
1. 100 Black Men of South Florida
The Leadership Academy
The program provides a formal mentoring (one-to-one, mentors serve as a role model for youth) focusing on developing leadership skills. In addition to mentoring, they provide special programs. One is to improve cognitive skills and the other is to provide travel opportunities and explore places across the country to meet people of various professions in major cities in the United States.
An evaluation of the program revealed two pressing issues: A need of more academic assistance and to build partnerships with existing organizations and agencies.
2. 5000 Role Models
"In Dade County, Florida, 3000 African-American boys are gaining life skills, academic inspiration and social education from the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project. At-risk youth are matched with successful adult volunteers who meet with them regularly to provide advice and guidance, while educating them on social issues."
"There are 1200 mentors guiding more than 3000 young people. Almost all of Dade County's 300 schools have volunteers who visit to talk with students about life skills. Fifty schools have been adopted by corporations and groups of mentors."
The program includes:
- One-on-one Mentoring
- Visits to Correctional Facilities
- Year-round Curriculum
- Anger Control
- Domestic Violence Awareness
- Appropriate Behavior
- Health Symposiums
- Stay in school
- Tobacco, Drug, and Alcohol Awareness
- Scholarships and the next level of education
3. Across Ages
Center for Intergenerational Learning, Temple University
Across Ages is a school and community-based project to reduce drug use by fostering a sense of citizenship among adolescents in Philadelphia. What makes the program unique is the matching of young people (9-13 yrs old) with older adults (55+). The project also aims to strengthen the community by bringing generations together to create bonding between youth and older adults. In an evaluation study with 562 students, the mentoring project reported an overall success. The participants improved academic performance, reduced behavioral referrals, gained knowledge about elders, and improved their attitude toward school and the future.
4. Click & Connect
University of Minnesota
Check & Connect is a program that focuses more on the academic performance of students than the establishment of a mentoring relationship. The program targets students who are at-risk of dropping out of school. The mentors, called monitors, are required to have frequent contacts with students either by meeting or calling, and work closely with teachers and parents.
The program reports success in decreasing truancy and dropout rates, and increasing accrual of credits and school completion.
Program Impact-results from 6 studies from 1992 are presented at:http://ici.umn.edu/checkandconnect/impact/default.html
5. Mentoring USA (MUSA)
http://www.mentoringusa.org/ (in development)
http://www.mentoringusa.org/index1.htm (developed website)
Mentoring USA is New York City’s largest mentoring program founded in 1987. The organization provides one-to-one mentoring to at-risk young children who had traumatic experiences, are homeless, orare placed in foster care. Mentoring USA also provides several other unique programs, such as ESL mentoring designed for young children who have recently immigrated to the United States. ESL mentoring was developed to assist children who are facing difficulties learning a new language and culture. The program matches children with TESOL (Teaching English as Second Language) specialists.
6. Project Raise
Project Raise is a school-based mentoring program at seven different sites in Baltimore middle school districts. Their focus is on students who are entering 6th grade, and at-risk of dropping out of school. The program aims to keep youth in school by providing a connection with a mentor. The goal is for youth to understand the importance of high school graduation for their future.
The program reported improvements in attendance and grades, but no effects on test scores or promotion rate. Three of the seven sites showed more positive effects than the others. Positive outcomes were found among those who had an effective one-to-one mentoring relationship.
7. Project SOAR
University of Arizona
Project SOAR is a comprehensive mentoring program targeting at-risk youth and families, which includes the Children, Youth and Families At Risk (CYFAR) Project, the City of Chandler/United Way Project, and the JUMP Program. Project SOAR provides mentoring and academic assistance. The project aims to reduce at-risk behaviors by improving academic performance. The program reports improvement in math and reading.
Newly developed programs are designed uniquely to meet the needs of each community. These programs have more defined goals, and the projects offer services in addition to mentoring.